Women engineers are leading the way to greatness through their amazing accomplishments, awesome leadership and inspirational mentoring. To celebrate Engineers Week, here are a few secrets to success, shared by female engineers from
around the world:
1. Grow your network
Take advantage of the many societies and organizations that cater to your industry. Many female engineers benefit from membership in groups like American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, IEEE or affinity groups within
their organizations. Join these networks to boost your knowledge and opportunities, build lasting relationships and integrate yourself in the community. Many organizations hold panels, seminars and workshops to help you get a leg up on your career - don’t let the opportunities pass you by!
2. Speak your mind
“If you need help, just ask for it” continues Frances Humphreys, Development Manager, of IBM Software Group. “For some reason people still struggle with putting their hands up and saying the words ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t know.’ It’s probably more frustrating to learn that someone needed help but didn’t ask for it.” There is no such thing as a stupid question!
3. Go against the grain
“My biggest mistake in my career is actually back when I was deciding what my college major should be” shares Lisa Stenglein, Chief Procurement Officer at Motorola Solutions. “I remember very vividly explaining to my father why I was taking a general business curriculum. And I remember him asking me why I wanted to be in business. All I could come up with was “it’s what all my friends are doing’. With encouragement from her father she switched to engineering. “Engineering gave me the discipline and the basis in logical thinking I needed to be successful in my career.”
4. Fail your way to success
“You can’t have success without failure” states Nita Patel, Women in Engineering International Past-Chair, IEEE, “If you never come to a fork in the road, it probably means you didn’t move anywhere.” Don’t fear obstacles, they can propel your career forward!
5. Join the conversation
Register for the 2018 Global Marathon beginning March 7. This free, five-week series of online conversations is a virtual mentorship and social collaboration to unite, inspire, and champion women pursuing an education or career in engineering and technology.
Each Wednesday (March 7-April 4) at 12 p.m. EST, an accomplished group of panelists from around the globe will address a different, relevant topic affecting women in the early stages of their professional career. Register Today!